LAKEVILLE, IN. - As July winds down and August begins to trickle in, school will be picking back up again.
As the 2019-20 school year begins for the Union-North United School Corporation, there are traffic pattern changes, and new drop-off and pick-up area, and new markings and signs to be aware of.
UNUSC Safety and Student Services Director Kevin Kubsch explain the new patter, with the hopes of a safer flow around the school.
"We have implemented a new pattern where we are hoping it will make the flow of traffic safer each day before and after school as students arrive in the morning and leave throughout the day," said Kubsch. "The biggest change to the flow of traffic around the high school is the new one-way lane in front of the building. This had to be changed because we needed a consistent and safe flow in the front. Since we now have our bus students dropped off at the same time in the morning, we needed to regulate traffic better in front of the building because our bus traffic flows around the building and back onto the front drive. The arrows will assist in how the flow of traffic is designed."
Arrows, colored lines and signs will aide everyone becomes more accustomed to the new pattern as drivers enter and exit campus.
"The blue lines are designated for student drop off and pickup as well as student cross walk areas," explained Kubsch. "The student drop off and pickup now will be on the southeast side of the school and students now will enter door H and it has hashed mark blue lines to indicate this area. The blue lines that are now on the west side of the school are designated as student cross walk areas. This will make it safer for our students who drive to school to get to their cars without going between a parked bus at the end of the day."
In the former traffic pattern, buses and cars dropping off students entering school crossed paths during the busiest portion of the day on the east side of campus.
The new traffic pattern will aid in a smoother transition for drop-off and pick-up cars to the east and southeast of the school.
School buses and student drivers will now use the west side of campus to enter and exit the school.
"These changes were made to make it safer for students and staff that not only drive or dropped off and picked up but to also ensure that guests who come are also protected from mishaps," said Kubsch.
The busiest times of day around the school are from 7:55 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and from 3:10 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.
Assistant Principal Michael Edison reminds drivers that it is "Important for people to take it slow when you are around schools. Don't be in a hurry. The safety of our kids is the number one goal."